Tartan Day programme unveiled

Special design: Bamse, modelling his own specially designed tartan.'Contributed photograph
Special design: Bamse, modelling his own specially designed tartan.'Contributed photograph

GENEALOGY and a celebration of Scotland’s national history will feature among the main events for this year’s Tartan Day Scotland Festival.

Tartan Day, the annual global celebration of Scotland, the Scots and all things Scottish, was inspired by the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath on April 6, 1320, and as part of the festival, this historic event will be re-enacted by members of Arbroath Abbey Timethemes at Arbroath Abbey, at 1.20pm on April 6.

The pageant is just one of a programme of events organised for the festival which runs from March 29 until April 7.

Angus Provost Helen Oswald said the importance of the declaration, often described as one of the foundations of modern democracy, should be emphasised as its 700th anniversary approaches.

She said: “The re-enactment of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath will play a vital part in this, as will the many other events which will take place in and around the county of Angus during this year’s Tartan Day Scotland Festival.”

Another of the festival’s key events will be the Tayroots Family History Day at Dundee’s Discovery Point on April 5, which will give amateur genealogists access to a wide range of resources and experts. The day will include a talk by the highly-regarded genealogist Chris Paton, while Malcolm Valentine, a descendant of one of Dundee’s famous publishing families, will reveal the part photographs can play when tracing a family tree. Antiques expert Norman Watson, will also discuss ‘Family Treasures’ while Marie Dougan will hold two workshops, one for novice family historians and another for those who are more experienced in genealogy.

A fascinating talk - ‘A Tartan Journey’ - will take place in Montrose Museum on April 3, when local author Angus Whitson will focus on tartan. Mr Whitson has designed three tartans, including the Bamse Tartan commemorating the famous sea-faring dog, and his family’s own Whitson Tartan.

On April 3 the Carnoustie Golf Hotel will be the venue for Tartan Day Fashion Show and Dinner at. Models from Tartan Spirit, one of Scotland’s top fashion houses, will take to the catwalk to showcase the company’s designs including mini kilts, high couture evening dresses and breathtaking wedding dresses.

The very best of local meat, poultry, game, seafood, vegetables and fruit will be available at Angus Farmer’s Market in Montrose on Saturday, April 6, as well as traditional delicacies such as home-made jams and marmalades, freshly baked bread, cakes and pastries and, of course, tablet, coconut ice and fudge.

Further information about the about the festival is available online at www.tartandayscotland.com, by calling 01307 473262 and the Tartan Day Scotland facebook page.